We’re on our third day out and things are looking brighter. More (and more) servers are up, problems were solved and we get lots of great feedbacks. Users who experienced disconnections or had problems opening files – give us another shot now. We are very excited to hear about users who are already using WS in the field and opening drawing on their iPad in meetings. There are also many users who wrote to us that they bought iPad just to use WS. If you don’t have an iPad that’s the right time to ask one from your boss – it’s trendy
Another satisfied user is Mr Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, PSEB-Platform Group, Autodesk, Inc. PSEB Platfrom group, in charge of among other things products such as AutoCAD and Autodesk Labs. Here’s a message from Amar about AutoCAD WS first few days :
“Yesterday Autodesk announced the availability of AutoCAD WS, an innovative new product that extends AutoCAD through the cloud to web and mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. We have been amazed and overwhelmed by the response to this launch.
Within the first 24 hours of availability of the AutoCAD WS mobile application on the iTunes App Store, it was been downloaded over 125,000 time. Over 80,000 new user accounts were created and more than 35,000 drawings have been uploaded. This has vastly exceeded our expectations and our servers have struggled to keep up with the demand. We know this has resulted in a less than perfect user experience and in some cases a complete inability to even view the sample drawings contained in the mobile application. We have worked through the night in Israel where the AutoCAD WS team is based to scale the service so we can better meet this unprecedented demand AutoCAD WS represents a significant advance for design, moving it beyond the desktop to the field, and accelerating better design.
During The technology preview phase of AutoCAD WS(Project Butterfly), Autodesk was thrilled to have the active participation of over 75,000 users within 20,000 accounts. These users made it clear to us that AutoCAD WS would be readily adopted and would quickly cement itself into the workflow of the world’s architects, designers and engineers, but we never expected the type of response we’ve seen in the past two days. We thank everybody who has attempted to use AutoCAD WS for their interest and patience and hope that you will try AutoCAD WS again as we bring more capacity online.”